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  • Russia Claims North Pole for Itself, Plants Titanium Russian Flag on Floor of Arctic Ocean

    09/01/2015 3:57:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/05/15 | Morgan Chalfant
    Russia formally staked its claim Tuesday to a large portion of the Arctic Ocean that includes the North Pole, even planting a flag on the floor of the ocean below the area to exercise its control. If the United Nations committee that arbitrates sea boundaries accepts Russiaís claim, the waters will be subject to Moscowís oversight on economic matters, including fishing and oil and gas drilling, though Russia will not have full sovereignty. Under a 1982 United Nations convention, the Law of the Sea, a nation may claim an exclusive economic zone over the continental shelf abutting its shores. If...
  • Obama Navy chief fires back at GOP

    08/31/2015 6:25:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/31/15 | Philip Ewing
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants to torpedo all the talk about a shrinking U.S. battle fleet. Republican presidential candidates are pushing a ďnarrative,Ē Mabus said, that President Barack Obama has weakened the military and, in particular, the Navy, at a time of growing demands on American power around the world. But in an interview with POLITICO, Mabus fired a salvo at critics he said donít know what theyíre talking about. ďI have this funny thing about facts,Ē he laughed in his office on the Pentagonís E-Ring, surrounded by paintings of classic warships. ďI like to get facts into the equation.Ē...
  • Russian jets take to Syrian skies to combat IS; Russia begins military intervention against IS

    09/01/2015 7:40:14 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 73 replies
    i24news.tv ^ | August 31st 2015 10:08pm | i24news
    i24news Published August 31st 2015 10:08pm Russian jets take to Syrian skies to combat IS Russia begins military intervention against IS in Syria; IS closes in on Damascus Russian fighter pilots, jets and helicopters will begin arriving in Syria in the coming days to join in the offensive against the Islamic State (IS) and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state Israeli news site Ynet News reported Monday. According to Western diplomats, Russian expeditionary forces have already arrived in Syria to set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase near Damascus, and will operate as a Russian forward operating base. Thousands of...
  • Here are the first pictures of the U.S. F-22s deploying to Poland for the very first time

    08/31/2015 8:13:05 PM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Aviationist ^ | Aug 31, 2015 | Jacek Siminski
    Two Raptors have deployed to Lask, along with four F-16s and one C-130. Two of the four F-22 Raptor jets belonging to 95th Fighter Squadron from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, currently deployed to Spangdahlem airbase, in Germany, have landed at ŇĀask airbase, in Poland, at 08.30 local time (06,30 UTC).
  • ISIS Blows Up Egypt-Jordan Gas Pipeline

    11/15/2014 9:41:03 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11-15-14 | Dalit Halevy
    The Islamic State's Sinai Peninsula terror organization, which was named Ansar Bayt al-Makdas until it swore allegiance to Islamic State (aka ISIS), has blown up the pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Jordan. The pipeline, which is 1,200 km long, and was built at a cost of $1.2 billion, is used for exporting natural gas to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. In the past, it was repeatedly attacked by Islamist terror groups, until Egypt's gas exports to Israel were halted. The Islamic State's Sinai Peninsula notified the press that it would not allow gas to be exported to Jordan unless ISIS...
  • New Egyptian-Jordanian Gas Line Bypasses Israel

    07/28/2003 9:53:11 AM PDT · by yonif · 10 replies · 190+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 19:22 Jul. 28, '03 / 28 Tammuz 5763
    The Saudi Press Agency reports that Egypt and Jordan have inaugurated a partially underwater pipeline that will allow Egypt to supply energy-strapped Jordan with 2.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year. The pipeline runs almost 250 kilometers across the Sinai Desert to the Red Sea, and then continues 15 kilometers underwater to the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The pipeline is scheduled to be extended in the coming years to northern Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, and Europe. Egypt has potential gas reserves of 70 trillion cubic feet and hopes to become one of the world's top 10 exporters...
  • Saboteurs attack Egypt gas pipeline to Jordan

    02/05/2011 8:35:00 AM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Feb 5, 7:32 am ET | Jailan Zayan
    CAIRO (AFP) Ė Unknown saboteurs attacked an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Jordan, forcing authorities to switch off gas supply from a twin pipeline to Israel, an official told AFP. The attackers used explosives against the pipeline in the town of Lihfen in northern Sinai, near the Gaza Strip, the official said. It was initially thought the pipeline to Israel was attacked.
  • Israelís oil could provoke next war

    06/16/2011 7:29:35 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Conservative News and Views ^ | 15 June 2011 | Terry A. Hurlbut
    Does Israel have oil? The very phrase Israelís oil could change the game in the Middle Eastóand provoke all-out war. Could Israel really have oil? The Zion Oil and Gas Company has been looking for oil along the Mediterranean coast, and just south of the Sea of Galilee, for several years. Two days ago they announced that they had drilled a test well in their Joseph License lands (between Haifa and Tel Aviv) to 5900 meters. They earlier found large hydrocarbon deposits at the site, usually a good sign. In August of 2010, the Givot Olam company announced a find...
  • Natural Gas Bonanza for Israel, Possible Oil Field as Well

    06/13/2010 8:44:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 24 replies · 1,011+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 6/3/2010 | Maayana Miskin
    A survey of the natural gas field off the shore of Haifa is to be released Thursday evening in the United States. According to the Globes financial journal, the field has been discovered to be even larger than previously thought. The field's estimated size has grown several times as more surveys are conducted. In mid-2009, Yitzchak Teshuva, controlling shareholder who invested in developing the field, originally said the gas reserves could allow Israel to be self-sufficient in energy for two decades, but now it seems that this was a conservative estimate. Teshuva said Thursday, "The results indicate that in addition...
  • Middle Eastern Oil: An Historical Perspective and Outlook

    05/26/2003 8:15:58 PM PDT · by nunya bidness · 31 replies · 9,893+ views
    Mercurial Times ^ | 5/25/02 | Sean Finnegan
    It's always been about oil when it comes to the Middle East. From the borders drawn by the British and French after the Great War to the current flare-up in Iraq, the simple fact is that not one drop of western blood would have ever been shed were it not for Persian Gulf crude. However, this does not mean that the United States is unjust in acting or alone in dealing with the petulant behavior of the oil producing countries in the region; it just means that we are the latest country to go back in force to bring stability...
  • Russian jets in Syrian skies

    08/31/2015 12:36:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 75 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 08/31/15 | Alex Fishman
    Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Islamist rebels; US stays silent. Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state. According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for...
  • Unique Grom-2 Missile-Bomb Weapon Created in Russia

    08/30/2015 11:00:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The bomb was constructed on the basis of the Kh-38ME modular aircraft guided missile, according to the manufacturer. ZHUKOVSKY (Sputnik) ó A unique Grom-2, possessing the destructive utility of both a missile and a bomb, has been developed in Russia, general director of the Tactical Missile Systems Corporation said Wednesday. ďGrom-2 is in fact a glide bomb, as there is another warhead weighing 130 kilograms [286 pounds] instead of an engine with a total weight of 250 kilograms," Boris Obnosov told journalists. According to Obnosov, the Grom-2 was constructed on the basis of the Kh-38ME modular aircraft guided missile. Russia's...
  • Tiny EU task force set up to counter Russian propaganda

    08/30/2015 3:13:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 28 Aug 2015 - 08:51 | Georgi Gotev
    A small group of eight officials in the European External Action Service will engage in efforts to respond to massive Russian propaganda directed both at the home and international audiences. European Commission spokesperson Catherine Ray confirmed yesterday (27 August) that the group will start work from 1 September. Eight people will initially make up the task force, officials said. No budget has been allocated and several of the task force members are detached national experts, paid by their countries. Meeting on 19-20 March, EU leaders gave High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini three months to work out how to...
  • Blood oozed through the soil at grave sites. You could see the pits move, some of them were still al

    08/30/2015 12:58:55 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th August 2015 | Will Stewart
    'Seventy years on from the end of the Second World War the full, shocking scale of the Nazi-inspired Holocaust in Ukraine is finally being revealed - thanks to pioneering work by a French Catholic priest to research the truth of the industrial-scale killing. Around 2,000 mass graves of Jewish victims have been located where men, women and children were shot and buried by the Germans and their collaborators. But there maybe up to 6,000 more sites to uncover, with victims of this 'Holocaust of bullets' - so called because unlike in Poland and Germany where gas chambers were used as...
  • From the Fire of Ukraineís Civil WaróA New Jewish Shtetl?

    08/30/2015 12:10:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 8/30/2015, 3:51 PM | Hillel Fendel
    Anatevka is coming to life once again: a quickly-built neighborhood for thousands of Jewish refugees of the raging Ukrainian war. The past 16 months of armed conflict between Russian-supported self-declared republics and the Ukrainian government has wrought havoc in the country. The warfare thus far has cost 6,200 casualties, and no fewer than 1.2 million homeless refugees. The new ďAnatevkaĒ is being built outside Ukraineís capital city of Kiev, as a private initiative of Ukraineís Jewish Community and its Rabbi, Moshe Asman. Ö
  • Man Claims THIS Drawing Is of a 'Real Yeti he Saw and Sketched Before Reading its Mind

    08/30/2015 2:02:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | Tue, Aug 25, 2015
    AN ARTIST is claiming to have seen a mythical yeti for long enough to sketch the "giant primate".Russian Andrey Lyubchenko says people will think he is "insane", but insists he saw the legendary beast which was happy for him to draw its portrait. He claims the brief encounter was in the mountains of the Kemerovo area of Siberia, in Russia, and he telepathically communicated with the hairy mythological mammal. He said: "It happened so unexpectedly and fast that I had no time to get scared. "There was a clear feeling that this was a thinking creature, I felt he was...
  • A Scandal-Plagued Administration

    08/29/2015 9:57:03 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 30 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08.26.2015 | Noah Rothman
    It was particularly revealing when David Axelrod explained that, of all his accomplishments in Barack Obamaís White House, he was proudest of the fact that ďthere hasnít been a major scandal.Ē The qualifier ďmajorĒ lays the burden on shoulders of the press to define what constitutes a serious scandal, and political media had thus far reliably covered the administrationís ethical lapses as merely the peculiar obsessions of addlebrained conservatives. Surely, much of the political establishment in Washington nodded along with Axelrod as he patted himself on the back. A mere seven months later, though, and it is clear now that...
  • Why $40 oil is killing Iraq, Venezuela and others, but not Russia

    08/29/2015 6:57:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 28, 2015 | John Lloyd
    Itís not the economy, stupid. At least it isnít where hearts are warmed by the fiercer flame of nationalism, rather than rising living standards. Oil prices as low as $40 a barrel are separating the oil haves from the oil have-nots. The oil producers happily rode a wave of high oil prices for years, buying popularity with increased state spending while excusing themselves from the hard pounding of legitimate economic reform. The oil-buyers ó like India and Egypt ó now enjoy prices as low as a third of those they paid as recently as two years ago and can cut...
  • What if Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years?

    08/27/2015 12:40:41 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 27,2015 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    What if former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years? What if, while she was secretary of state, she ran two secret wars, one in Libya and one in Syria? What if there already were wars in each of those countries, so she used those wars as covers for her own? What if President Obama gave permission for her to do this? What if the president lacks the legal authority to authorize anyone to fight secret wars? What if she obtained the consent of a dozen members of Congress from both...
  • Snowden Warned Norway He faced Death in US

    08/29/2015 12:31:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Aug 2015
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned Norway that he faced a possible death sentence if returned to the United States in the extradition request he made in 2012. Snowden may get freedom prize at border (28 Aug 15) US asked Norway to arrest Edward Snowden (27 Aug 15) ďI believe thatÖit is unlikely that I would receive a fair trial or proper treatment prior to the trial, and face the possibility of life imprisonment, and even death,Ē he wrote in the extradition letter, a copy of which has been obtained by Norway's NRK channel. The letter was sent by fax to...
  • THE PERILS OF BEING A BLOGGER IN BANGLADESH

    08/08/2015 9:58:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 8/7 | Aaron Goldstein
    Last May, I wrote about the hacking death of Bangladeshi blogger Ananta Bijoy Das by Islamists. Das was the third blogger to be executed by Islamists in 2015. Well, now make it four. Islamists have murdered 40-year old Niloy Neel. Here is what the BBC has to say about it: The BBCís Akbar Hossain in Dhaka says Mr Neel had filed a police report expressing fear for his life, but his complaints had not been not followed up.SNIP Neel, Das along with Avijit Roy and Washiqur Rahman were on a list of 84 bloggers Islamists wanted the government to put...
  • Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

    08/07/2015 9:13:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Neelís murder is the fourth such brutal murder in the country. Machete-wielding masked men in May hacked to death 33-year-old Ananta Bijoy Das, a secular blogger, in Sylhet city. Assailants in February had killed 45-year old Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born US national, here while his wife narrowly escaped the attack. A month after Royís killing, another blogger Washiqur Rahman was murdered in similar fashion in Dhaka but people in the neighbourhood nabbed two suspected killers from the scene and handed them over to police. All three killed were involved with the Ganajagaran Mancha. In May, terror group al-Qaeda in the...
  • Third secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh (by Islamist)

    05/12/2015 9:10:24 AM PDT · by BCW · 6 replies
    DHAKA: A masked gang wielding machetes hacked a secular blogger to death Tuesday in northeastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack by suspected Islamists since February. Police said that Ananta Bijoy Das had been murdered in broad daylight as he headed to work at a local bank in the city of Sylhet, an attack that fellow writers said highlighted a culture of impunity. Kamrul Hasan, commissioner of Sylhet police, said that a group of around four masked attackers had attacked Das with machetes at around 8.30am on a busy street in Bangladesh's fifth largest city. "They chased him down...
  • Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh, third this year

    05/12/2015 5:01:57 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ruma Paul | Reuters
    HAKA (Reuters) - A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh on Tuesday, the third killing of a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation in less than three months. Ananta Bijoy Das, a blogger who advocated secularism, was attacked by four masked assailants in the northeastern district of Sylhet on Tuesday morning, senior police official Mohammad Rahamatullah told Reuters. Rahamatullah said Das was a 33-year-old banker. He was also editor of science magazine "Jukti", which means "logic", and on the advisory board of "Mukto Mona" (Free Mind), a website propagating rationalism and opposing fundamentalism that...
  • Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

    02/27/2015 9:20:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | 2-27-2015 | JULHAS ALAM
    A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, occurred on a crowded sidewalk as he and his wife, Rafida Ahmed, were returning from a book fair at Dhaka University. Ahmed, who is also a blogger, was seriously injured. It was the latest in a series of attacks on secular writers in Bangladesh in recent years. A previously unknown militant group, Ansar Bangla 7, claimed responsibility for the attack, Assistant Police...
  • The long, slow death of the rule of law in America

    08/27/2015 5:39:09 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 67 replies
    OC Register ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | TROY SENIK
    The most disturbing aspect of the scandal around Hillary Clintonís use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state is not the former first ladyís penchant for secrecy. Whatís truly unsettling is that it has been widely taken as read among both the media and the general public that Mrs. Clinton will likely avoid serious legal consequences for her behavior because the Justice Department is ultimately answerable to President Obama Ė and Democrats will not use the instruments of government to destroy one of their own. Whether that eventually proves true, the sentiment itself reveals a...
  • MAKS: Can Russiaís ĎCaspian Sea Monsterí rise again?

    08/28/2015 6:23:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | August 28, 2015
    The Soviet Unionís once-secretive ďCaspian Sea MonsterĒ has resurfaced at the MAKS air show, minus the stacks of short-range nuclear missiles meant to obliterate Western defences in a sea-skimming sneak attack. The Lun-class Ekranoplan Ė designed to travel at high speeds just 150m above the ocean on a cushion of air Ė was created in the mid-1960s and is arguably one of the oddest weapons to emerge during the Cold War. But as Russian seeks to revive and modernise its one mighty aerospace industry, one design bureau see great potential reproducing the Soviet ekranoplan for passenger and cargo transport purposes....
  • Sanctions Bite Massive Gas Project in Russian Arctic

    08/28/2015 5:03:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | JAMES MARSON and SELINA WILLIAMS
    A $27 billion energy project is rising rapidly on this icy peninsula jutting above the Arctic Circle, but the race to shore up its finances has emerged as a test of Moscowís ability to weather Western sanctions. U.S. restrictions on OAO Novatek, the projectís Russian leader, are squeezing the massive Yamal LNG liquefied-natural-gas venture, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putinís plan for Russia to reduce its heavy dependence on natural-gas customers in Europe by increasing exports to Asia and, in turn, cementing Russian ties with China. Barred by the sanctions from raising long-term dollar loans, Novatek and its foreign partners,...
  • ĎHOKUM-B ATTACK CHOPPERS FOR EGYPTí (More Russian weapons)

    08/28/2015 3:43:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIRheads Fly ^ | 2015/08/27
    Egypt is thought to have signed up for close to 50 Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters, sources say on Thursday 27 August. The news was actually leaked by a company that produces the electro-optic sensors for the Ka-52, saying 50 of such systems are to be delivered to Egypt from 2016 onwards. The Ka-52 is codenamed ĎHokum-Bí by NATO and is the Russian counterpart of the Boeing AH-64D Apache, which incidentally is also operated by Egypt. The Hokum-B is already in service with the Russian armed forces.
  • What Six Years of ĎResetí with Russia Have Wrought

    08/27/2015 10:15:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    What Six Years of ĎResetí with Russia Have Wrought by CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER August 27, 2015 On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports the Wall Street Journal) said it was too early to discuss any possible action. The timing of this brazen violation of NATO territory ó two days after President Obama visited Estonia to symbolize Americaís commitment to its...
  • Massive Wildfire Turns Russia's Lake Baikal Into Hellish Landscape

    08/27/2015 1:00:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    weather.com ^ | Aug 25 2015 04:08 PM EDT | Sean Breslin
    In the northwestern United States, wildfire smoke has invaded major cities as millions of acres of land burn. On the other side of the world, infernos that have been burning for weeks Ė in a part of Siberia, no less Ė have turned the landscape into what resembles Hell on Earth. Near Lake Baikal, the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, large wildfires are sending huge amounts of smoke into the air, shrouding the popular vacation area in the middle of summer, Mashable said. The wildfires have been a combination of natural and man-made, the report added, and...
  • Report With Tally Of 'Russian War Casualties' Causes Stir (2,000 Russians KIA)

    08/27/2015 3:45:51 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 1 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 27 Aug 15 | Mike Eckel
    A Russian-language website has caused a stir with a report asserting that more than 2,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Delovaya Zhizn, which translates as Business Life, published the information online in March, as part of a larger story of how the Russian federal budget was compensating relatives of servicemen killed in the line of duty. The report went unnoticed until Ukrainian websites and Forbes magazine's online edition drew attention to it this week. Two former U.S. ambassadors to Russia and Ukraine -- Michael McFaul and Steven Pifer, respectively -- tweeted out mention of...
  • Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism

    08/26/2015 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 26,2015 | AP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East. Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, el-Sissi said "the Egyptian people" are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East. El-Sissi's Russian visit, his second in the past three months, highlights Moscow's attempts to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-U.S. relations have soured in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
  • As War Closes In, Syriaís Assad Puts Emphasis on Living a Normal Life

    08/26/2015 7:29:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    On the day in May when Islamic State militants raised their black flag above the ancient city of Palmyra, the Damascus Opera House featured a singer in a rumpled black suit belting out traditional Arabic ballads. Members of the audience were herded together so the half-empty auditorium appeared full on state television, and the crowd whistled, clapped and danced in the aisles for the benefit of the cameras. This week, as the extremist militants blew up a 2,000-year-old temple in Palmyra, the opera house in the capital 150 miles to the west prepared to open an art exhibit. ďIt is...
  • Is Turkey Going Rogue?

    08/26/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Atlantic Community ^ | 8/26/15 | Jon Abbink
    Turkey's geo-political maneuvers may urge reconsideration of its NATO membership. While the threat from Daesh grows, Ankara is more focused on the continuing fight with the Kurds. The Erdońüan government is undermining the core values of what NATO stands for, and its anti-Kurdish policy spells problems for its role in the region. NATO has to make a statement and also work behind the scenes to engage Erdońüan to prioritize the war against Daesh. Under the pretext of an anti-Daesh (ISIS) campaign, Turkey's government since late July 2015 is harshly repressing the Kurds, playing the ¬Ďanti-terrorism' card towards NATO. But the...
  • Meet the Americans Flocking to Iraq and Syria to Fight the Islamic State

    08/26/2015 5:36:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 8/26/15 | Adam Rawnsley
    When a U.S. citizen going by the name ďAbu Abdullah al-AmrikiĒ blew himself up in a suicide attack in Baiji, Iraq, this month, he was the most recent example of a troubling trend: the roughly 200 Americans who have traveled or attempted to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State.Not all of the foreigners have left for the region looking to fight for the Islamic State, however. Instead, growing numbers of Americans are heading there to fight against the extremists. The American fighters ó mostly military veterans, with a strangely disproportionate share of Texans ó are...
  • Palestinians want to raise flag at UN headquarters

    08/26/2015 12:13:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 08.26.15, 08:36 | (AP, Reuters)
    The Palestinians are seeking to raise their flags at UN headquarters in New York, in a resolution proposing to allow non-member observer statesóthe Palestinians and the Vaticanóto display their flag with the 193 member statesójust in time for Pope Francisí visit next month. Supporters of the idea hope the UN General Assembly will adopt a resolution on the flag-raising shortly before the pope arrives. Theyíre betting that the United States or other allies of Israel will not block the plan and risk offending the Holy See on Francisí first US visit. But the Vatican on Tuesday asked the Palestinian UN...
  • Russia Inadvertently Posts Its Casualties In Ukraine: 2,000 Deaths, 3,200 Disabled

    08/26/2015 3:33:57 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | 25 Aug 15 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    Russian president Vladimir Putin has decreed that all Russian casualties ďin peacetimeĒ be a state secret. In addition to criminal charges arising from divulging state secrets, families risk losing pensions and lump-sum payments if they reveal that their sons were killed in Ukraine. Mothers of soldiersí associations have been branded ďforeign agentsĒ for collecting data on Russian casualties. Dissident Boris Nemtsov was murdered shortly before completing his study of Russian casualties in Ukraine. Russian civil rights organizations, working against the fog of official resistance, could confirm only several hundred battlefield deaths. Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn) reports on markets, finance, entrepreneurship,...
  • Desperate Russia opens doors for foreign militaries

    08/26/2015 12:11:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy stance has invited damaging economic sanctions from the US and the European Union. These have squeezed the important sectors that earn most of Russia's money -- oil, banking services and defence exports. Battering the Russian economy further are plummeting oil prices, which are blocking Putin's 2010 pledge to spend some 20 trillion roubles -- about $650 billion then -- to revamp his ageing arsenal. After years of defence spending increases, Russia's 2015 budget has hit a roadwall. Moscow has scaled back plans for buying 500 warplanes from 2011-2016, as well as the new Armata...
  • Fake pro-Israel Democrats (One by one, they fall in line to Stand With Iran)

    08/25/2015 11:00:23 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Tuesday August 25, 2015 | Richard Baehr
    One by one, U.S. Senate Democrats are announcing that after much deliberation ‚Äé‚Äé(translated as arm twisting by President Barack Obama), they have decided to support the ‚ÄéIran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite serious misgivings. Each of the senators wants you to ‚Äéknow that they were personally wrestling with this decision for weeks, talking to ‚Äéexperts (provided by the Obama administration for the most part), reading the ‚Äéagreement carefully, weighing and balancing risk versus reward. Each Senate ‚ÄéDemocrat joining the charade of moving from indecision to decision, makes sure to add that they want to do everything to...
  • Sokov on Russian Cruise Missiles

    08/25/2015 10:55:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ARMS CONTROL WONK ^ | 25 AUGUST 2015 | Jeffrey Lewis
    I was discussing reports of a new Russian sea-launched cruise missile with my colleague, Nikolai Sokov. He has a number of thoughts about what is going on, so I was delighted when he offered to write them up. There are a lot of really interesting things in Nikolaiís piece. One comment ó I remain undecided about the idea that the alleged Russian INF violation arises from a ground-based test of a sea-launched cruise missile. The new information, though, does seem to bolster that case, at least a bit, but my intuition is that it is a new ground-launched cruise missile....
  • Surpise: EU carbon credit scheme was used to generate cash with no carbon reductions

    08/25/2015 2:17:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    h ^ | 08/25/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The European carbon credit program, developed in conjunction with the United Nations, is working out just fabulously. Well‚Ķ it‚Äôs at least working out fabulously for a few people. Similar to programs being developed here in the United States by climate warriors, it offers ‚Äúflexibility‚ÄĚ to various countries so it can be tailored to their individual needs. For example, if you are able to make big cuts in your carbon emissions, you get a lot of these ‚Äúcredits‚ÄĚ applied to you. If there are other countries who are a bit fatter with cash but can‚Äôt manage the changes required to...
  • Possible Troop Movements in China?

    08/25/2015 12:34:19 PM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 62 replies
    http://www.foxbusiness.com ^ | 8/25/2015 | RinaseaofDs
    Watching the end of the trading day on Fox Biz when the market dropped from 300 to 103 in two minutes. Trader told Liz Claman that the rumor is going around the trading floor that there may be a coup underway in China, and troop movements are being reported in Beijing. It was funny watching a trader hand news to a journalist. Claman was caught flat-footed. Fox hasn't done anything about the rumor in the five minutes it was reported. Nothing on Drudge about China yet.
  • Syrian rebels: Turkey tipped al Qaida group to U.S.-trained fighters

    08/25/2015 7:28:41 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | MITCHELL PROTHERO
    The kidnapping of a group of U.S.-trained moderate Syrians moments after they entered Syria last month to confront the Islamic State was orchestrated by Turkish intelligence, multiple rebel sources have told McClatchy. The rebels say that the tipoff to al Qaidaís Nusra Front enabled Nusra to snatch many of the 54 graduates of the $500 million program on July 29 as soon as they entered Syria, dealing a humiliating blow to the Obama administrationís plans for confronting the Islamic State.
  • Sen. Cruz to President Obama: Release the Russian Missile Risk Assessment

    08/25/2015 7:01:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | August 24, 2015
    Cruz sends letter to the President requesting embargoed report on Russian treaty violations WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday sent a letter to President Obama calling for the release of the Department of Defense's (DoD) risk assessment of Russia's violations of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The letter explains that the White House has blocked the release of the Pentagon report and is preventing Congress from investigating Russia's noncompliance."Although the State Department formally declared Russia to be in violation of the INF Treaty in 2014, additional reports indicate that the United States has harbored doubts...
  • Putin's war on European food is facing a huge backlash in Russia's second largest city

    08/25/2015 6:04:10 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 4 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 24 Aug 15 | Unknown
    Kremlin stunt to destroy imports of banned European foods backfires in city that suffered starvation in World War Two It is one of the stranger witch hunts of modern times: a crusade against food that has seen Russian officials launch a feverish hunt to bulldoze Western-made produce. For the Kremlin, the decision to destroy French cheeses and Polish apples smuggled into the country is a matter of sovereignty - an attempt to wage economic war on the countries that sanctioned Russia after the annexation of Crimea. But for a great many in the city of St Petersburg, it is an...
  • Russian Court Sentences Ukrainian Filmmaker To 20 Years On Terror Charges

    08/25/2015 5:52:00 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 25 Aug 15 | Unknown
    A Russian court has sentenced an acclaimed Ukrainian film director to 20 years in a maximum-security prison on multiple terrorism charges. The sentence was handed down after the North Caucasus District Military Court, located in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, on August 25 found Oleh Sentsov guilty of establishing a terrorist group, organization of two terrorist attacks and an attempted terrorist act, as well as an attempt to illegally acquire explosives. Sentsov's co-defendant, 26-year-old Oleksandr Kolchenko, was found guilty of involvement with a terrorist group and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After pronouncing the verdict and sentence, the...
  • Russia bans all of Wikipedia over an article about hashish

    08/24/2015 8:35:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    engadget ^ | August 25, 2015 - | Andrew Tarantola
    Specifically, the agency is up in arms over "charas" -- a handmade form of hash from India that even I had never heard of -- as the Wiki page reportedly constitutes "instructions" on how to make the stuff. And since Wikipedia, like Reddit, employs HTTPS, there's no way for the Russian government to censor that single page. As such, the entire Wikipedia site is completely offline for all of Russia and will remain so until the Roscomnadzor gets its way.
  • Russiaís Playing a Double Game With Islamic Terror

    Even as America touts its counterterrorism partnerships with Russia, evidence points to the FSB directly feeding Dagestanis to ISIS. It is an article of faith among the many critics of the current Russian government that, however unpleasant Vladimir Putin may be, he is still a necessary partner in one crucial field of U.S. foreign policy: cooperation in the war on Islamic terrorism. Proof, if it were needed, for how valued this cooperation is among U.S. policymakers came in the conspicuous absence of Alexander Bortnikov, the director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russiaís domestic intelligence agency, from sanctions levied by...
  • Russia's ruble falls to lowest this year, market drops over 4%

    08/24/2015 3:32:11 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | 24 Aug 15 | Unknown
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's battered ruble dropped Monday to its lowest point this year as Asian and European stock markets nose-dived over concerns about the Chinese economy. Russia's dollar-denominated RTS index fell 4.21 percent at opening as the ruble tumbled to 70.92 against the dollar, its weakest against the greenback since December 2014. The ruble-denominated Micex meanwhile dropped by 1.76 percent. The plunge in oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis have pummelled the Russian economy in recent months, with the ruble collapsing in value. Russia's recession worsened in the second quarter as the gross...